Mental Health for Older People (8AOK090)

Mental Health for Older People (8AOK090)

Level ~ Graduate Certificate
Availability ~ All teaching periods
Type ~ Older

This unit introduces the mental health of older people.  This includes the key elements of ageing, and the changes experienced when old and very old and its impact on the personal ecology and the inter-relationship changes.

Positive ageing and the support of improved outcomes for the older person are also explored, and the key focus on work and professional practice and inter-professional collaboration.

This is a knowledge module and involves independent study and the completion of assessments which will involve undertaking two quizzes.

This unit has starting dates of 31 Jan, 21 March, 09 May, 18 July, 05 September & 24 Oct during the 2022 academic year.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Examine key facts about mental health and wellness for the over 65 year age group in Australia, including those for Aboriginal peoples, considering changes to physical development, physiology, and cognition.
  • Describe, identify and accommodate the dynamic nature, changes and tensions of the biopsychosocial environment and personal ecology of the old and very old individual living with mental health conditions, including the impacts and potential outcomes and inter-relationship changes; and
  • Detail key aspects of positive ageing, recognising the elements that would support people to improve their outcomes when living with mental health conditions.


Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Mental health and ageing
Week 2 Personal ecology
Week 3 Impact of ageing
Week 4 Living at a very old age
Week 5 Challenges for the very old and mental health